Clipper Ship Sailing Cards, Peter Parley and Propaganda

Tales of Peter Parley

Tales of Peter Parley

On Thursday, August 10th, PBA Galleries will host an Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography sale of over 450 lots of historical materials relating to the Americas and the world at large, including books, manuscripts, ephemera, photographs, maps, and more. There are letters and booklets relating to slavery and the African-American experience; rare California ephemera and promotional items from the 19th and 20th centuries; important works on the exploration of the American West; a collection of scarce clipper ship sailing cards; early directories of states and cities; desirable real estate and cadastral maps of local California communities; and more. Travels to the far reaches of the world includes excursions into Africa, central Asia and the subcontinent, the Middle East, China and Japan, the great cities of Europe, and the steppes of Russia.

Featured in the sale is a first edition of the First Peter Parley book, The Tales of Peter Parley About America. This very rare children’s book by Samuel Griswold Goodrich, published in 1827, was the first of over 100 different titles issued with the Peter Parley name and its success spurred many imitations. Goodrich explains in the preface that he was conveying “to children, under the guise of amusement, the first ideas of Geography and History.” (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000)
Ka Palapala Hemolele a Iehova ko kakou akua o ke Kauoha Kahiko a me ke Kauoha Hou i unuhiia mailoko mai o na’olelo kahiko is a complete Bible in Hawaiian. Printed at the Hawaiian Mission Press in 1843, it is the first octavo edition, but second edition of the Bible in Hawaiian. (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000). Also in the sale is an original WWII propaganda poster in Russian. With four hand-stenciled color images depicting vivid scenes of Russian victory and German defeat, it is one of some 1250 different posters produced by Tass during the war. (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000)

Clipper Ship Sailing Card for Wild Rover

Clipper Ship Sailing Card for Wild Rover

For the Californiana collectors sale highlights include a superb 19th century photograph album with nearly 60 original images of California and Colorado, including rare views of San Francisco’s Chinatown (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); twenty-one lots of clipper ship sailing cards including an original color engraved card for Wild Rover with an iconic image representing sail power versus steam (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500); the 1884 Mining Map of Inyo County by J. M. Keeler with an early view of Mt. Whitney from Lone Pine, folding into its original printed paper wrapper trimmed in gilt (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and an extensive archive of original blueprints & designs for various features of San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal which was open from January 14th, 1939, until it closed on August 7th, 2010, to make way for the Transbay Transit Center (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

Russian Propaganda Poster

Russian Propaganda Poster

Two additional noteworthy lots are featured in this sale. A rare subscriber’s copy of the first edition of George Anson’s Voyage Around the World will be offered. This edition includes 42 copper-engraved maps, charts, views coastal profiles, etc., most folding but is also known for the text chronicling adventure and discovery as Anson roamed the Pacific in pursuit of Spanish treasure (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000). Also in the auction is Francis Trevelyan Miller’s 1930 The World in the Air in two volumes and one of the limited Pioneers Edition signed by important figures in aviation history including Glenn Curtiss, Louis Bleriot and others. This is the “first historic collection of official prints and photographs from government archives and private collections recording five thousand years of man’s struggles to conquer the air” (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, August 7th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 8th and 9th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, August 10th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

First Account of Decoding Hieroglyphs in July 27th Auction

Egyptian Hieroglphs Decoded

Egyptian Hieroglphs Decoded

A first edition of Jean-François Champollion’s seminal work on deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs highlights PBA Galleries’ Fine Literature & Fine Books sale on July 27th, 2017. This copy of Lettre… relative à l’alphabet des hiéroglyphiqes phonétiques… in the original wrappers, includes the four folding lithographed plates depicting hieroglyphic cartouches and demotic inscriptions, and a table of symbols identified as phonetic. This is the first account of Champollion’s method for assigning phonetic values of Egyptian hieroglyphs, based on a study of the Rosetta Stone. From these initial researches Champollion progressed to more comprehensive deciphering, making the texts of ancient Egypt, including the Rosetta Stone on which he worked from 1822-24, accessible to his contemporaries, forming the basis of modern Egyptology (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000)

Featured in the sale is a first American edition of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Considered by many to be the most important American novel of the 19th century, this copy is finely bound in full brown levant morocco. The first American edition followed the English edition by a month and contains thirty-five passages and the “Epilogue” omitted in London. When it was published, the book was considered a failure, misunderstood by critics and ignored by the public (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000).

Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye

Other literature offered in the sale include a first edition, first issue in dust jacket of Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger’s classic story of “cynical adolescent” Holden Caulfield (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a first edition of the great poem of the 20th century and T. S. Eliot’s most famous work, The Waste Land (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000); and a scarce first edition of Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail, a “rip-roaring tale of the old West” which served as the basis for the 1948 film Red River, directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Also in the auction is a first edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, one of the greatest historical works in English. Written by the English historian, Edward Gibbon, the work was issued in six volumes over a span of thirteen years. This copy is offered together with the first edition of Gibbon’s Miscellaneous Works in two volumes, 1796, uniformly bound with and from the same publisher as the Decline and Fall (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000).

The Writings of Henry David Thoreau

The Writings of Henry David Thoreau

Additional notable lots are a large paper limited edition of Henry David Thoreau’s Writings in 11 volumes, published in 1894 and beautifully bound in full green morocco (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); Astrolabium by Franz Ritter, a 1660 rare work on the construction and use of astrolabes with numerous engraved illustrations and bound in period full vellum (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); and four complete plays – The life and death of King John, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Life of Tymon of Athens, and The Winters Tale – each from the 1632 second folio edition of Shakespeare’s works (Estimates: $6,000-$9,000 each).

The sale has over 400 lots including more fine literature from the 17th to 21st centuries, plus a selection of rare, interesting and unusual books and manuscript material from the 13th century onward. 19th century three-deckers give way to poetry and novels of the Beat generation, with high spots from Stephen Crane to J.R.R. Tolkien and translations of Neoplatonist philosophers, with finely bound books and sets, medieval manuscript leaves, important science and medical works, and much more.

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, July 24th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25th and 26th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, July 27th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

1st American Color Plate Book Featured in Art & Illustration – Children’s Literature Sale July 13th

Wilson's American Ornithology

Wilson’s American Ornithology

The first outstanding American color plate book is featured in PBA Galleries’ July 13th Art, Illustration, and Fine Children’s Literature auction. Also in the sale are over 350 lots of captivating illustrative and decorative materials, rare graphics, literature for children and your, uncommon photographs, and more. The items range from important early American ornithological works to rare artists’ books, with impressive English color plate books, landmarks of 20th century fantasy, and high points of Golden Age illustrated books. Graphic materials being offered include a sizable collection of botanical prints, original comic art, a large number of 19th century travel photographs, art exhibition posters from Puerto Rico, and much more.

Published in nine volumes, American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, contains 76 hand-colored copper-engraved plates from drawings by the author, engraved by Alexander Lawson, G. Murray, Benjamin Tanner and J. G. Warnicke. The work was the first American work to use color plates to convey scientific information. Now overshadowed by Audubon’s giant folios, Wilson’s work is still considered to be the first great American color plate book of any kind. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000.

History of Royal Residences

History of Royal Residences

Also, featured in the sale is a First Edition of William Henry Pyne’s The History of the Royal Residences from 1819. A magnificent set of histories and descriptions of the homes of British royalty, it includes detailed views of both interiors and exteriors in 100 different aquatint plates each in two states (one hand-colored, the other uncolored) for a total of 200 plates making this copy quite rare. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.

Rainbow over Potala Palace

Rainbow over Potala Palace

Graphic art highlights in the sale include the most famous photograph by Galen Rowell, “Rainbow over the Potala Palace” signed by the photographer. This is an original print of the iconic image of a multi-colored rainbow descending on the Potala Palace resulting in a mystical Tibetan scene. Rowell was tragically killed in a plane crash in California in 2002 (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000). Also in the sale is a rare hand-colored aquatint view of Morea, with Tahiti a part of the Friendly Isles, from a painting by James Cleverley, artist on James Cook’s third voyage (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500) and a captivating 1950’s original oil painting on canvas of San Francisco by the Chicago-born painter, Maurice Lapp (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

Original Oil Painting of SF

Original Oil Painting of SF

Celebrated Dogs of America

Celebrated Dogs of America

Splendid chromolithograph plates grace Alexander Pope’s Celebrated Dogs of America, Imported and Native. The work contains 18 of the 20 series of plates originally issued in monthly parts and is quite rare in any form (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).  Other important books in the sale are Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories illustrated with color plates by Kay Nielsen, one of 600 copies signed by the artist (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz illustrated by Barry Moser, printed at the Pennyroyal  Press, one of 350 copies signed by the illustrator (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500); and a complete set of First American editions of Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis’ classic fantasy series for young people (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, July 10th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 11th and 12th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, July 13th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Mining the Gold Rush – Archive of Letters Highlight June 29th Sale

Over 600 lots of rare, unusual, and valuable material, including books, manuscripts, maps, directories, photographs, graphic items, ephemera, and more will be offered by PBA Galleries in their Americana, Travel & Exploration, World History, and Cartography auction on Thursday, June 29th. The items range from original letters of the California Gold Rush to a rare Russian propaganda poster produced during World War II, with original photographs and travel albums, rare maps from the 17th through 20th centuries, important accounts of travels across the United States and around the World, letters and photographs signed by those who made and dropped the first Atomic Bombs, a significant archive of letters to and from William Randolph Hearst, and a large selection of Directories of U.S. cities and states.

 

Archive of Gold Rush Letters

Archive of Gold Rush Letters

An important archive letters from the California Gold Rush highlights the sale. The thirty-six letters and notes were written by brothers John and Thomas Emery from California to their family in New Brunswick, Canada. The letters span about three and a half years and present an insightful and uncommon perspective of the great tableau that was the California Gold Rush. The young Canadian brothers were only too eager to leave their difficult lives as farmers and merchants for the lure of quick and easy riches to be found in the Golden State, only to face with unforeseen hardships and futility. Included in the lot is a 19th century vintage tin box where the missives were stored for much of the last century and a half. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.

Letters and accounts also featured in the sale include the very rare Briefe Relation of the Discovery and Plantation of New England, 1622, an account of the earliest exploration and settlement of New England, with some leaves in fine manuscript facsimile (Estimate: $3,000-%5,000); an archive of antebellum letters relating to the horrors of slavery written by a friend of a young James Garfield (Estimate: $7000-$10,000); and a manuscript account of the Hiroshima bombing mission by Harold Agnew, an American physicist who was an observer on The Great Artiste which tailed the Enola Gay on its historic flight (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

Another one of a kind lot is an original oil painting by Eric Sloane, Early Bird. A striking depiction of a biplane soaring through the clouds mostly like flying over Long Island Sound and Roosevelt Field. Inscribed to Admiral Luis de Florez, his son Peter and daughter-in-law, Suzanne Humphreys Ford. Sloane was a prolific painter and book illustrator known for his depictions of the sky and clouds, and received commissions to paint works for the U.S. Air Force.

 

Stedman's Narrative of ...Surinam in Guiana

Stedman’s Narrative of …Surinam in Guiana

Other featured lots include: J.G. Stedman’s Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition, Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam in Guiana with 81 copperplates, 16 of which were engraved by William Blake (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); the rare first issue of Nicolas De Fer’s famous 1700 map with California as an island (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); a rare hand-stenciled Russian propaganda poster from WWII picturing Adolf Hitler milking bombs and planes from a cow representing “Neutral Switzerland” (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500); and a photograph by Carleton Watkins of Mt. Conness, on the edge of Yosemite National Park, taken while he was with George Davidson’s 1890 surveying expedition of the peak (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

WWII Russian Propaganda Poster

WWII Russian Propaganda Poster

Carleton Watkins Mt. Coness

Carleton Watkins Mt. Coness

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, June 26th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27th and 28th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, June 29th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Eric Sloane’s “Early Bird” Takes Flight on June 29th

Early Bird

Early Bird

On June 29, 2017, PBA Galleries will offer Early Bird, an original oil painting on wood panel by the American landscape painter Eric Sloane. Although, PBA occasionally has auctions of fine art, including illustration art, the painting will be on the block during a sale of Americana, World History & Exploration, and Natural History offerings.

The striking oil painting, 23″ high x 30 3/4″ wide was painted in the early 1940s. It depicts a biplane soaring through the clouds, most likely flying over Long Island Sound and Roosevelt Field, New York. Sloane was known to have spent significant time at Roosevelt field where he painted. He taught Wiley Post to paint and in return, Post taught Sloane how to fly where he developed his love of the clouds and sky. Amelia Earhart was an early admirer buying his first “cloudscape.” He is famous for his sky and cloud paintings (said to be the finest of his generation) in addition to his American landscapes. His largest skyscape is a six-story mural commissioned by the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, Earth Flight Environment, painted in 1976.

Sloane painted over 15,000 works, wrote 38 books and was an avid collector of Americana. The Sloane Stanley Museum in Kent, CT has re-created his studio including his paint-splattered easel and rows of jars jammed with paint brushes. The museum also houses his early American hand tool collection. His interest in weather and the farmer’s ability to interpret “weather signs” led him to become the first television weatherman where he had farmers from all over New England call in their weather observations.

280436_3The work is signed by Eric Sloane and dedicated to Luis, Peter and Suzie. The dedication is to Admiral Luis de Florez, his son Peter de Florez, and Peter’s wife Suzanne Humphreys-Ford-de Florez. Luis de Florez was a naval aviator and a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy influential in the development of early flight simulators and a pioneer in the use of “virtual reality” to simulate flight and combat situations in World War II. De Florez oversaw Roosevelt Field, where he befriended Eric Sloane. Roosevelt Field, named for Theodore Roosevelt’s son Quentin who was killed in air combat during WWI, was the starting point of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight.

280436_2Suzanne Humphreys was a debutante and her family socialized with the Roosevelts. She began flying at sixteen and soloed after only a little more than three hours of instruction. She took aviation courses at NYU and competed in many air shows and races. During WWII, she joined the British Air Transport Authority and became a ferry pilot in the Royal Air Force because women were not allowed in the U.S. American Air Corps. After the war, Humphreys returned to Roosevelt Field where she befriended the de Florez family and married Peter, a professor at MIT.

Early Bird remained in the de Florez family until Suzanne Humphreys-Ford-de-Florez gave it to the present owner prior to her death.

The sale will begin at 11:00am Pacific Time. The public may preview the auction Monday, June 26th, 1 – 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27th and 28th, 9am – 5pm; and Thursday, June 29th, 9-11am or by appointment at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. PBA accepts absentee bids by phone, fax or email or bids may be placed during the sale in person or online. For more information, please contact PBA at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Rare Books & Manuscripts on June 15th

Leviathan

Leviathan

On Thursday, June 15th, PBA Galleries will offer Rare Books & Manuscripts, a select gathering of 240 lots of rare, interesting, unusual, and valuable materials in a variety of fields, ranging from early religious and philosophical works to landmark scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century. Included are high spots of literary and artistic achievement, beautiful limited printings and artist’s books with original prints, finely bound books and sets, historical works of travel, exploration, Americana and world history, rare illustrated books, medieval manuscript leaves on vellum, and more.

A rare first edition of Voltaire’s Candide, from 1759 headlines the sale.  One of the most famous clandestine works of the 18th century, it was banned for religious blasphemy and political sedition.  The earliest known printing has a complex bibliography in order to avoid the opposition of authorities throughout Europe.  Voltaire used multiple printers and sought the most widespread distribution as copies were seized by authorities as they appeared. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.

The Tale of Beowulf Kelmscott Press

The Tale of Beowulf Kelmscott Press

The Statutes of Venice are written in brown ink on vellum. The laws are from 1560, a time when the city-state was recovering from the devastation of the Black Death but was still a major center of trade with the East. It is an exceptional and rare work in a contemporary binding (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000). Also from the 16th century is the tractate “Menachot” from the rare 1548 edition of the Bomberg Talmud. This printing is the rarest edition of the Talmud printed by Daniel Bomberg since it was produced just five years before the “Conflagration of the Talmud” instigated by the papal degree of 1553 designating the Talmud and related works as blasphemous and condemning them to be burned so many of the copies of this Third Bomberg Edition were destroyed (Estimate: $8,00-$12,000).

Views of Cairo

Views of Cairo

Also, featured in the sale is a first edition of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, 1651, the groundbreaking work on political philosophy and the motivations behind human behavior. Hobbes contends that man is a purely selfish creature, seeking only his own advantage and resisting the competing claims of others resulting in “confrontation, enmity and war (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000).” A rare French, superbly illustrated edition of Boccaccio’s Decameron will also be auctioned. It includes 110 beautifully engraved copper plate illustrations (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

Highlights from the 19th century include: a 1821 Sangorski & Stucliffe bound edition of The Pastorals of Virgil with woodcuts and engravings by William Blake (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000); a first edition of one of the landmarks in American letters, Walden: Or, Live in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000); William Morris’ labor of love The Tale of Beowulf with his own translation of the poem published by Kelmscott Press (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000); and Architecture Arabe ou Monuments du Kaire, by Pascal Coste, 1839, containing a remarkable series of engraved plans and lithographed views of Cairo (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, June 12th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13th and 14th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, June 15th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Sporting and Angling Books Catch Collectors

A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory

A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory

The first of two auctions by PBA Galleries of Richard Beagle’s Collection of Angling and Sporting Books, on June 1, 2017, featured rare and important works on fishing, plus scarce accounts of big game hunting and adventures in the wild. The books were gathered over multiple decades by Mr. Beagle, who began collecting sporting books in the early 1960’s, frequenting the many used book stores in the greater Los Angeles area and corresponding with sporting book dealers, including a number in England. Over the years, he specialized more and more in quality books about angling, and primarily fly fishing. The collection included numerous books containing original specimens of flies, rare limited editions, many signed and inscribed copies, and more, all in superb condition. The results brought strong prices for many of the lots as bidders small in number but large in enthusiasm competed for the rarities.

The most surprising of the overall strong results were seen in the sporting books. Leading the way was Arthur Bannon’s rare account of a hunting trip to northwest Canada, A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory. The first copy to sell at auction since 1969, this 1911 first edition details a trip to the Yukon in the summer of 1910 hunting mainly for mountain sheep, and is illustrated with eight plates from photographs. The book sold for $4,500, three times its presale high estimate. Another sporting rarity that fetched an impressive price, A Hunting Trip in Jackson’s Hole, Wyoming, by Frederick Studebaker Fish, records the hunting trip in the wilds of Wyoming during the early 20th century. The five participants included a German “Count” and were accompanied by three guides and 17 horses. At $4,200, it sold for nearly three times the presale high estimate.

A Hunting Trip in Jackson's Hole WY

A Hunting Trip in Jackson’s Hole WY

Two privately printed accounts of a summer hunting trip and sporting adventures by Gladys F. Harriman eclipsed their modest $500-$800 presale estimates when each sold for a whopping $2,700. Mulligan, published c.1939-40, is an account of sporting adventures in the Rocky Mountains and around the world. B.C. in A.D. 1938 tells of a summer hunting trip in British Columbia, with illustrations from photographs of the happy junket. Gladys Fries Harriman was an American philanthropist, equestrian, and one of the earliest female big game hunters as well as daughter-in-law of railroad baron Edward Henry Harriman.

There was also keen interest in the angling and fishing books. A delightful miniature treatise on small tied flies, The Book of Small Flies, sold for $7,200, twice the presale low estimate. The two-volume set consists of a separate text volume and a matching morocco covered wooden case housing eight mounted flies, with two flies each tied by Ernest Schwiebert, Paul Jorgensen, Rene Harrop and S. A. Neff, Jr., each having a description of their creation in the text. The set also includes three tipped in feathers and an additional colored etching by Al Barker.

The Book of Small Flies

The Book of Small Flies

Other significant books to go on the block included the highest selling lot in the sale at $9,000, Dean Sage’s The Ristigouche and Its Salmon Fishing With a Chapter on Angling Literature. This is one of the rarest and most beautiful books on salmon fishing about one of the best salmon-fishing rivers in the world, with engravings by Stephen Parrish, the father of Maxfield Parrish. Lee Sturges’ Salmon Fishing on Cain River, one of only a very few copies to survive destruction by fire, and inscribed to “Mr. Alex Friend, Who is also a lover of the flowing stream, from his friend, Lee Sturges,” sold for $6,000.

The complete catalogue for the auction, with prices realized, is at www.pbagalleries.com. Note that all prices listed include the buyer’s premium. Part II of The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling and Sporting books is on October 19, 2017. For more information about this sale or to consign to the October 19th sale, please contact PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 or [email protected]

Casting Angling & Sporting Books

The Ristigouche and Its Salmon Fishing

The Ristigouche and Its Salmon Fishing

On Thursday, June 1st, PBA Galleries proudly presents Part I of The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling and Sporting Books. The auction will consist of over 300 lots of rare and important works on angling and fishing, plus scarce accounts of big game hunting and adventures in the wild, gathered over multiple decades. The collection includes numerous books containing original specimens of flies, rare limited editions, many signed and inscribed copies, and more, all in superb condition.

Highlighting the sale is The Ristigouche and Its Salmon Fishing, in two volumes, by the American fishing enthusiast Dean Sage published in Edinburgh, 1888 and limited to 105 copies. Arguably the rarest and most beautiful book on salmon fishing, Sage starts with the geography and history of the Ristigouche, one of the best salmon-fishing rivers in the world, before dealing with the habits of the salmon and the history of fishing clubs, while entertaining the reader with many interesting fishing stories throughout. (Estimate: $15,000-$25,000)

A number of books with flies are featured in the sale including a rare deluxe issue of Leonard West’s The Natural Trout Fly and Its Imitation. Published in 1912, this is one of only a few copies of the deluxe issue containing 13 color plates and 108 specimen flies bound in on sunken mounts (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). A signed copy of Dry Fly Entomology by Frederic M. Halford is one of 100 copies of the Edition De Luxe. In two volumes, the second volume contains 100 actual specimens of tied flies (Estimate $7,000-$10,000). Eleven folders displaying 164 hackle specimens accompanies William Baigent’s A Book on Hackles for Fly Dressing. Baigent was considered one of the most skillful fly fisherman in England and his book is only one of perhaps 40 to 80 copies (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

The Salmon Flies of Major John Popkin Traherne

The Salmon Flies of Major John Popkin Traherne

“A Quaint Treatise on ‘Flees, and the Art a Artyfichall Flee Making’. Published in 1876 it is By an Old Man Well Known on the Derbyshire Streams as a First-Class Fly-Fisher a Century Ago and is Printed from an Old Ms. Never Before Published, the Original Spelling and Language Being Retained. The editorial notes, patterns of flies and samples of fly-making materials supplied by W. H. Aldam (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000). The Salmon Flies of Major John Popkin Trahern, edited by Paul Schmookler, one of 28 Deluxe Edition copies with full-page color illustrations, and one of only a few bound in full morocco, with an original fly tied by Schmookler (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Salmon Fishing on Cain River

Salmon Fishing on Cain River

Other sale highlights include Salmon Fishing on Cain River by Lee Sturgis published in 1919 is one only five of the original fifty copies printed to survive the fire that destroyed the others (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). Adventures in Fishing, by “Three-six”, i.e. Thomas M. Potter, founder of the “36” club, with much on the Catalina Fishing Club, signed by the author, quite rare. The three sixes are a six thread line, and a six foot, six ounce rod (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Featured sporting books include A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory, by A.H. Bannon, 1911, a rare account of a hunting trip to northwest Canada, in the original printed wrappers (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); Louis A. Bovet, Jr.’s Moose Hunting in Alaska, Wyoming, and Yukon Territory in its rare original dust jacket (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); and the scarce account of a Canadian hunting trip, Hunting Big Game in Far Northwest British Columbia by J. R. Bradley (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30th and 31st from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, June 1st, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Richard Beagle – The Man Behind the Collection

Richard #2

I started collecting sporting books in the early 1960′s. At that time there were many used book stores in the greater Los Angeles area. One of my favorite used book stores was Acres of Books in the city of Long Beach. In the early 1960′s and 70′s I purchased some fine books at that store. Also, during this time I corresponded with many sporting book dealers including several dealers in England. Over the years I tended to specialize in quality books about angling. I have attended book shows in New York, Boston, and , of course, in Los Angeles. It has been a wonderful experience for me. Now is the time to share my books with other collectors. I haven’t entirely given up book collecting. I will continue to look for scarce and fine books on angling.

Richard G. Beagle

First Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird Highlights May 18th Sale

First Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird

First Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird

On Thursday, May 18th, PBA Galleries will host a sale of over 400 lots of fine literature and rare books from the 16th to 21st centuries, classic novels of the 19th century and beat poetry of the 20th, experimental literature and early medical texts, with illustrated books, Roman philosophers, historical annals, and much more.

A first edition Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird highlights the sale. This copy of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner that takes place during the Great Depression is inscribed and signed by the author and is offered in its unrestored dust jacket (Estimate: $12,000-$18,000).

Factotum by Charles Bukowski

Original oil painting by Bukowski in Factotum

The Return of the Rivers is Richard Brautigan’s first poetry book publication and most assuredly the rarest piece of Brautigan ephemera in existence. This copy from the collection of Anna Savoca, a student at San Francisco State whom he courted briefly, is signed by the author. Only 15 of the original 100 copies printed by Inferno Press are thought to be extant (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). A scarce deluxe edition of Charles Bukowski’s second novel, Factotum, includes an original oil painting by Buk inserted at the front. Published by Black Sparrow Press in 1975, it is No. 60 of only 75 copies (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

Other featured fiction lots include first editions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, perhaps the greatest achievement in the realm of fantasy literature (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000) and John Fante’s first published book, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, part of his “Bandini Quartet” chronicling Depression-era Los Angeles (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000). A first edition of Ask the Dust, the second installment of the Bandini saga is also offered (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Vincent Van Gogh's Letters

Vincent Van Gogh’s Letters

A rare, unrecorded deluxe issue of the German language publication of Vincent van Gogh’s Letters is a non-fiction highlight of the sale. The two volume set is inscribed by the editor, van Gogh’s sister-in-law Johanna van Gogh-Bonger to Magda and Walter Pach, an American artist and art critic, Magda a German artist. The importance of the publication of these letters in the establishment of Vincent van Gogh among the major artists of the late 19th century cannot be overstated, nor can the influence of his sister-in-law Johanna van Gogh-Bonger in lifting him from obscurity to the pantheon of great artists. (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000)

Other non-fiction highlights include: Joseph Priestley’s Letters to the Jews, New York: 1794, the first book of Judaica to be published by America’s first Jewish publisher, Benjamin Gomez (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a rare two-page mimeographed address by William Faulkner to a UNESCO conference in Denver, Colorado, 1959, signed on the title sheet (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and The Vantage Point, one of 300 copies signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, additionally inscribed by him to his Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare John W. Gardner, the architect of Medicare (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, May 15th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16th and 17th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, May 18th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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